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After years of waiting for the next-generation consoles to take center stage, the 2013 edition of E3 finally brought the sense of innovation and newness in games we expect to ride shotgun with such a sea change. Blockbuster games are leveraging the hardware in powerful new ways, indie games have found a nicer seat at the table, and even the handhelds had a banner year with several Vita and 3DS titles turning heads. Here are our 2013 E3 Best in Show Awards:
BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS
Batman: Arkham Asylum, relatively unknown developer Rocksteady kicked off the best comic-based game series of the modern generation. For the third entry, the highly successful studio has handed development
duties over to Warner Bros. Games Montreal, and the franchise doesn't look to be skipping a beat. Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel
title that follows Batman in his rough and tumble years, pitting him against a
younger Joker and other villains like Deathstroke and Black Mask. The visceral, responsive combat still serves as the heart of the experience, along with new
detective gameplay that lets Batman rewind crime scenes to aid investigation.
Arkham Origins feels great and promises to maintain the Caped Crusader's good
THE WALKING DEAD: 400 DAYS
Telltale's The Walking
Dead: 400 Days bridges the gap between seasons one and two, and it
looks to keep everything we love about The Walking Dead. Tense decisions,
difficult choices, and plenty of jaw-dropping moments all return in a new scenario that follows
five different character stories and takes you from day one of the zombie
apocalypse all the way to day 400. That means different scenarios will
reflect the time in the world. In one story, a diner can look untouched, but
later have boarded-up windows, acting as a safe haven. Telltale showed off
newcomer Vince's story at E3, and the the dialogue was spot-on, balancing humor and
moral dilemmas. By the end of the tale, one thing was clear: Telltale still
knows how to shock. Not only did an alliance have to be forged, but plenty of
blood was shed to get there. That's some impressive emotional torture for only
one portion of this adventure.
THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE
After almost two decades
of single-player adventures, players finally got the chance at this
year's E3 to explore the world of Tamriel with other players at their side.
Elder Scrolls Online draws from many of the successful mechanics seen in recent
MMOs, boasting extensive voice acting, an action-oriented combat system, and
story-based questing that moves past the standard grind. While the true breadth
of any MMO is hard to gauge in a short hands-on session, Zenimax Online went a
long way towards proving to show goers that its new MMO has the chops to carry
the legendary moniker. Moreover, the announcement that Elder Scrolls Online is
coming to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in addition to the previously
announced PC version assures that the same mass audience who enjoyed
Oblivion and Skyrim on consoles can give this new experiment a shot.
Battlefield 4's multiplayer would have stolen the show during any other E3, but this year a titan fell to Earth. Half of Respawn's development team is made up of former
Infinity Ward members, so you know Titanfall is poised to deliver in terms of
gameplay and customization. The team is so confident in its competitive
experience that there is no true single-player campaign. Instead, Titanfall merges the blockbuster campaign feel into multiplayer, with dramatic epilogue
and prologue missions, along with NPC fodder to bring war zones to life. The cat and mouse gameplay between the mechanical Titans and their lithe pilots captured the imagination of E3 showgoers, and it was easily the most talked about multiplayer game at the show.
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We all knew GI would give Titanfall best of whatever category it could fit in. And I seriously didn't see NFS beating any other racing game.
surprised the division wasn't on this list maybe it was just me but that game looked really cool
So no best fighting game category?
Arkham Oigins wins my game of show. The same as many others, I was skeptical about warner games montreal developing, but after seeing the sweet gameplay and understanding the whole first time batman met so and so concept, it grabbed me and the information from e3 did not disappoint. Dark souls 2 was a bit disappointing on the coverage side for me, but it still looks very solid and is the game i'm most looking forward to after Arkham Origins.
no word of the witness?
Plants vs Zombies? the best mobile game?
yup, its a great game, so is kingdom rush, and a few others ... but wouldn't it be nice to choose as best mobile game a new game! not a remake, more content of the same thing ...
something new in design, control and attitude, something that pushes the limits of creativity just a bit further.. some game that sets new standards? some game, like BADLAND for example ...
( but looking at the other categories, i kind of understand your editorial reach out ... Popcap is Popcap and Frogmind is Frogmind ... thats the way it is!)
I do not think that TitanFall was best in show. It looked solid and all, and I'm sure I'll pick it up at some point, but it did also feel a bit like 'just another FPS'. The BF4 multiplayer impressed me far more. Also, Dead Rising 3 looked pretty bad, what with its new focus on being generic (and how the balls does an engineer get an airstrike during a zombie outbreak?) My game of E3 would have to be one of these three: The Division, Witcher 3, MGSV.
Oh yeah, Titanfall lokked absolutely amazing. I mean the mechs and the...sorry I cant do it. The game may not be bad, but there were so many titales better than that. Did EA pay you for this?
Also: That Bayonetta 2 didn't get best WiiU-exclusive is downright criminal.
Destiney dang it!
I'm pretty excited for quite afew of those games; although I hadn't realized Dead Rising 3 was an Xbox One exclusive. I find it a little hard to believe it that DR3 will remain an exclusive for long, and if it does that still hasn't swayed me to buy an Xbox One.
Vat? No Smash Bros 4? I call BS!!!
I wish people would stop saying " WHY ISN"T THIS ON THERE". I'm not 100% on this but I believe these were all PLAYABLE games at E3. This is probably the reason games like Metal Gear, and Kingdom Hearts were not on it.
No mention of MGSV and Watch Dogs and not a single award for Destiny or The Division? I think GameInformer skipped the E3 this year =/
At least I agree with The Witcher 3.
Best in show is Watch Dogs for me, that game looked like so much fun and i cant wait to jump into Chicago (my hometown) and HACK ALL THE THINGS!!!!
Can't wait to see what Ocular Rift has in store for the future. Twenty years from now VR gaming will be the next big thing. I'm pre-ordering now.